ROURKELA: After losing a year to the pandemic, more than 4,000 final year students from private industrial training institutes (ITIs) from across Sundargarh district joined the choir with 50,000 students from across the state , requiring to be declared to transmit the basis of practical tests and technical drawings (ED).
The tests are carried out by the General Directorate of Training (DGT), the supreme body of all public and private ITIs in the country, under the supervision of the Ministry of Skills Development and Training (MSDT).
Students enrolled in 36 private ITIs in Sundargarh District had shown up for the practice and ED tests, but a majority of them had to skip the theory test due to the Covid situation.
Even the final theoretical CBT (computer-based test) was held in February-March at various centers, but many students could not show up citing the risks involved amid the growing cases.
A private ITI student, Ranjita Bag from Subdega Block, said it was not possible for her to travel about 120 km to the center of Rourkela for two days on her own arrangements as her family faced a financial crisis due to the pandemic.
“Most students like me are familiar with Optical Mark Reader (OMR) theory test sheets, but the sudden introduction of the CBT format and the additional payment of Rs 376 for the format has been difficult for my family,” he said. she declared.
All Odisha State Private ITI Association President Dr Arun Nayak said DGT should heed their request as the majority of ITI students are from disadvantaged backgrounds and most of them are from to the category of listed castes and tribes.
“About 70,000 ITI students from nearly 48 government ITIs and 388 private ITIs have enrolled in one- and two-year courses. Almost 15,000 to 17,000 students of government ITIs and about 10 private ITIs supported by business have emerged and the rest have been ignored due to the pandemic, ”Nayak informed.
Nayak on June 1 sent a reminder to DGT in this regard, while Sundargarh MP Jual Oram also recently appealed to the MSDT to respond to the grievances of private ITI students. However, the DGT has not yet taken a decision on this matter.